A Beautiful Floral Dress
July 8, 2022
by Margaux Villiet

I was craving flowers, on this beautiful summer day. I got very inspired by this fabric. The need for a classy but breezy dress came upon me. I opted for the Rosie dress, by Sew Over It, a British indie brand that specializes in vintage looking patterns.





This dress is therefore meant to look like it came straight out the 1950’s. I made version one, with the lovely collar and wide straps.

It has a boned bodice, that I crafted with Rigilene boning. I do not recommend Rigilene for this project, as in the end it was not sturdy enough. I also lined this dress with a pink cotton, picking on the contrasting colours of the flowers. The skirt is very interesting, comprising of a box pleat at the front. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really show on the pictures.

The difficulty in this pattern resides in the collar placement, the centering of the box pleat and the zip at the back. Therefore, I would recommend it to a confident beginner or intermediate level sewist.

This fabric was a joy to work with, it is stable but soft. It did not shrink in the wash either. I think the fabric to pattern association was bang on with this one! It is indeed created to showcase these types of fabric:

Because of the structure needed for the bodice, I would not recommend using flowy fabrics such as viscose or silk.

This dress pattern comes in UK sizes 8-20, which is not a huge range. I made a size 12. I originally made a toile in size 14 but it was way too big.